Pa­tri­ots beat Dukes for 9th straight time



Sher­rod Wright scored 22 points and added 11 re­bounds, and Jonathan Arledge had a ca­reer-high 19 points as Ge­orge Ma­son led wire to wire in a 74-63 win over James Madi­son in Har­rison­burg, Va., on Satur­day, end­ing a two-game skid and sweep­ing the sea­son se­ries.

The Pa­tri­ots (13-9, 6-4 Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion) avoided their first three-game los­ing streak since the 2009-10 sea­son. They de­feated the Dukes for the ninth straight time, in­clud­ing 68-57 on Jan. 15, and snapped James Madi­son’s four-game win­ning streak.

Ge­orge Ma­son scored the first 11 points for its largest ad­van­tage and led 32-27 at half­time.

The Dukes (13-11, 7-4) cut the Pa­tri­ots’ lead to one point twice, the last time at 62-61 with 4 min­utes 19 sec­onds re­main­ing. Arledge (KIMA) an­swered with two free throws and Corey Ed­wards made one. Af­ter Devon Moore’s foul shot closed the gap to 65-62 with 2:27 left, Ge­orge Ma­son fin­ished the game on a 9-1 run.

Moore’s ca­reer-high points led James Madi­son.

AMER­I­CAN 68, LAFAYETTE 64: Stephen Lump­kins scored 24 points and grabbed nine re­bounds to lead the host Ea­gles past the Leop­ards in Pa­triot League play.

Daniel Munoz added 12 points and John Schoof ( W.T. Wood­son) 11 for Amer­i­can (8-14, 3-4), which shot 52 per­cent (23 of 44) from the floor. Lump­kins was 8 of 10 from the field and com­bined with Munoz to make all 16 of the Ea­gles’ free throws.

Schoof ’s three-pointer with 6:47 left in the first half broke a 14-all tie and sparked a 15-2 run for Amer­i­can. Lump­kins capped the run with a three­p­oint play.

Seth Hin­richs led Lafayette (11-13, 4-3) with 18 points and Bryce Scott went 5 of 5 from three-point range for 17 points.

Amer­i­can, which snapped a two-game skid, held a 31-22 re­bound­ing ad­van­tage.

BUCK­NELL 69, NAVY 54: In Lewis­burg, Pa., Bryson John­son scored a sea­son-high 20 points while Mike Mus­cala added 11 points and matched his ca­reer best of 19 re­bounds to help the Pa­triot League-lead­ing Bi­son de­feat the Mid­ship­men for their third straight win.

John­son hit four of his six three-point­ers as Buck­nell (19-4, 6-1) opened up a 16-point be­fore tak­ing a 34-22 cush­ion into half­time.

The Bi­son led by as many as 24 af­ter the break.


Kevin Al­ter scored 15 points and Worth Smith and Bran­don Ven­turini added 11 apiece to pace Navy (7-16, 1-6), which has lost four in a row and 10 of their past 11.

SA­VAN­NAH STATE 52, HOWARD 42: In Washington, Rashad Has­san scored 16 of his 25 points in the sec­ond half to lead the Tigers to their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, beat­ing the Bi­son in a Mid-East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence game.

Has­san’s three-point play with 6:21 re­main­ing broke a tie at 38 and started a 10-0 run for the Tigers (12-9, 6-1). The se­nior for­ward made 8 of 12 shots from the field and all eight of his free throws.

Bran­don Ford (Gwynn Park) scored 13 points and Mike Phillips 11 to lead Howard (4-18, 1-7), which has lost six in a row. Hoyas women fall

In Louisville, An­tonita Slaugh­ter scored 22 points and the 12th-ranked Car­di­nals held Ge­orge­town’s Sugar Rodgers to only six points in a 74-60 Big East win against the Hoyas.

Rodgers, the na­tion’s sec­ondlead­ing scorer at 23.7 points per game, made just 2 of 17 shots and missed all seven of her three-point at­tempts. It was the se­nior guard’s low­est to­tal, and first game be­low dou­ble fig­ures, since she scored six on Nov. 19, 2011 against Hous­ton.

Slaugh­ter scored 14 first-half points, then be­gan the sec­ond with a three-pointer to give Louisville (19-4, 7-2) a 36-29 lead en route to its fifth con­sec­u­tive win.

Katie McCormick led the Hoyas (13-9, 4-5) with 21 points — 18 in the sec­ond half.

LAFAYETTE 49, AMER­I­CAN 47: Mad­die Pe­abody’s jumper with 1:39 left turned out to be the win­ning bas­ket for the Leop­ards in a Pa­triot League game in Eas­ton, Pa. that the Ea­gles led most of the way.

Emily Ho­man had 15 points, 11 re­bounds and five blocks to lead Lafayette (10-12, 3-4). Jen Du­miak was the only player in dou­ble fig­ures for Amer­i­can (12-9, 5-2) with 12 points.

NAVY 61, BUCK­NELL 40: In An­napo­lis, Kara Pollinger scored 16 points and Chloe Sta­ple­ton and Jade Geif added 13 each as the Mids shot 50 per­cent in the first half and cruised past the Bi­son.

Navy (13-9, 6-1 Pa­triot League) held Buck­nell (13-9, 4-3) with­out a field goal for the game’s fi­nal 7:27.

HOWARD 53, SA­VAN­NAH STATE 41: Saa­dia Doyle scored

16 points, Chey Cur­ley-Payne added 11 points and 12 re bounds and the Bi­son beat the vis­it­ing Tigers.

Though it shot only 32 per­cent from the floor, Howard (12-8, 6-2 Mid-East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) forced 21 turnovers by Sa­van­nah State (6-15, 1-7) while com­mit­ting only five.

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